Budget-Friendly Grilling Recipes
Serve a delicious meal on the cheap with these grilled main dishes that all cost less than $2 per serving.
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Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Soft Tacos
Coat chicken breast halves in a spicy mixture of chili powder, cumin, and crushed red pepper, grill, and serve in flour tortillas. Top with your favorite taco toppings—lettuce, tomato, cheese, cilantro—for a one-dish Mexican meal.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Marinate chicken in a coconut milk-curry powder mixture and serve with a spicy peanut sauce for an easy and economical Indonesian-style grilled main dish.
Recipe: Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
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Grilled Jamaican Jerked Drumsticks
Make your own Jamaican jerk seasoning in a food processor by combining onion, jalapeño pepper, garlic, ginger, allspice and sugar. Add orange juice to make a marinade for these island-style grilled chicken drumsticks.
Grilled Chicken Skewers
Buy boneless, skinless chicken breasts when they're on sale and keep them in your freezer until you're ready to grill. All you need to add is olive oil, salt, and pepper.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Skewers
Lamb Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce
You don't have to buy quite as much meat when that meat is sharing space on the skewer with fresh veggies. Plus, fresh summer produce is generally easy on the wallet.
Recipe: Lamb Kebabs with Yogurt Sauce
Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
Flank steak is one of the more inexpensive cuts of beef, and all you need to do to add flavor is marinate the steak in a simple mixture of fresh rosemary and some common pantry staples like soy sauce and honey.
Recipe: Grilled Marinated Flank Steak
Thighs and drumsticks are often cheaper than breasts, making this a budget-friendly barbecue choice. The spice rub is a mixture of spices you probably already have in your pantry.
Recipe: Barbecue Chicken
Combine budget-friendly ground chuck with chopped onion, celery, and parsley for the burger patties. Because ground chuck has more fat than extra-lean ground beef, you don't have to worry about the patties sticking to the grill.
Recipe: Beef Burgers
Beef Kebabs with Orange Glaze
Save money by making beef kebabs with boneless sirloin instead of beef tenderloin. You can whip up the orange sauce with on-hand ingredients such as orange juice concentrate, soy sauce, and mustard.
Recipe: Beef Kebabs with Orange Glaze
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